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Kahoot! earns Level III Certification for Alignment with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) standards

Independent study from LearnPlatform by Instructure confirms Kahoot! satisfies ESSA’s Level III “Promising Evidence” requirements and is correlated with positive student learning outcomes.

Oslo, Norway (January 26, 2024): Kahoot!, the global learning and engagement platform company, today announced it has earned Level III certification for its alignment with standards outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This certification demonstrates “Promising Evidence” of Kahoot!’s efficacy in driving positive learning outcomes for students.


“For years, Kahoot! has been loved by millions of students and teachers worldwide as a platform to create, discover, and play game-based learning experiences that supercharge student engagement,” said Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!. “With Level III certification in the ESSA evidence standards, educators and administrators can now be even more confident that using Kahoot! not only gets students excited about learning, but also improves students’ academic performance.”

Powering positive student learning outcomes

The ESSA evidence standards, which include four levels of evidence, help school districts choose interventions that are shown through robust research to improve learning. In 2023, Kahoot! announced it had earned Level IV certification, demonstrating a “well-defined logic model based on rigorous research.” Kahoot!’s ESSA Level III certification now confirms that Kahoot! is supported by a properly designed and implemented correlational study, statistically controlling for selection bias, and showing a statistically significant positive effect on student learning outcomes. Kahoot! is also in the process of being validated for ESSA’s Level II.

Kahoot! worked with LearnPlatform by Instructure, a third-party educational research company, to review an independent study for evidence that use of Kahoot! improves student learning. According to LearnPlatform, “The correlative study met 8 of 8 indicators related to ESSA’s Level III ‘Promising Evidence.’ Usage of Kahoot! showed a positive, statistically significant relationship with students’ academic outcomes (i.e., course exam scores) in a correlative study using statistical controls (e.g., GPA, year in school, and major).” This study demonstrated that the use of Kahoot!’s poll questions elevated student engagement compared to traditional lecture-based instruction.

“We have been proud to partner with Kahoot! as they continue to reinforce the importance of evidence in the learning journey,” said Dr. Mary Styers, LearnPlatform by Instructure’s Director of Research. “Rigorous, empirical studies such as this by Koppitsch and Meyer are critical in helping educators find and effectively utilize high-quality learning tools that will positively impact student outcomes.”

Elevating learning with evidence-based solutions 

Kahoot! is backed by a strong base of research, including a literature review of 93 academic studies showing the learning benefits of Kahoot!. These effects included improved learning performance, student attitudes and anxiety, attendance, participation, and classroom dynamics. 70 percent of studies including statistical significance tests showed that Kahoot! significantly raised students’ final grades or test scores, compared to other teaching methods.

Interested in bringing Kahoot!’s evidence-based learning and engagement solutions to your school or school district? Sign up for Kahoot! EDU to get started today.

About Kahoot!

Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome! We want to empower everyone, including children, students, and employees to unlock their full learning potential. Our learning platform makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share, and host learning sessions that drive compelling engagement. Launched in 2013, Kahoot!’s vision is to build the leading learning platform in the world. Since launch, Kahoot! has hosted hundreds of millions of learning sessions with over 10 billion participants (non-unique) in more than 200 countries and regions. The Kahoot! Group includes Clever, the leading US K-12 EdTech learning platform, together with the learning apps DragonBox, Poio, Drops, Actimo, Motimate, and The Kahoot! Group is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Spain and Poland. Kahoot! is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker KAHOT. To learn more, visit us at Let’s play!